Every monarch inherits the mother of all art collections—one million items including 7,000 paintings, 30,000 watercolors, and half a million prints, to say nothing of sculpture, furniture, and jewelry—but the late Queen Elizabeth decided to show many of them to the public. Only a tiny fraction is here; the booty is also in palaces such as Kensington and Hampton Court, and on loan. The works you'll see here (budget 1 hr.) are undoubtedly exceptional (one of the world’s few Vermeers, a Rubens self-portrait given to Charles I, glittering ephemera by Fabergé), but depending on what temporary exhibition supplements them, they may not be the cream of what the crown owns, and it may bore kids. The Gallery also hosts regular temporary themed exhibitions.
The Queen’s Gallery
Buckingham Palace Rd., SW1
Our Rating Hours Thurs–Mon 10am–5:30pm; last admission 4:15pm Transportation Tube: Victoria Phone 020/7766-7301 Prices Admission £17 adults, £11 young people 18–24, £9 children 5–17, under 5 free. Discounts available when bundled with ticket to Buckingham Palace. Web site The Queen’s Gallery
MapBuckingham Palace Rd., SW1 London
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